International Journal of Mars Research | ISSN 2453-8760 | Current Issue: 12 Volume 4

MER Spirit

Opportunity’s 10 years on Mars

23rd January 2014 marked Opportunity her 10 years on Mars. Opportunity landed on Mars on Jan. 25, 2004, Universal Time (Jan. 24, 2004, PST) for a mission that was planned to last three months. It is still active 10 Earth years later. While engineers designed Opportunity and its now-defunct twin, Spirit, to rove about six tenths of a mile during their three-month design lives, Opportunity has now covered about 24 miles during some 3,500 days on Mars, snapping more than 170,000 images along the way.

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